Review: Frankenstein at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

PUBLISHED: 18:58 20 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Review: Frankenstein at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Review: Frankenstein at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Debbie Cheshire reviews the National Theatre's screening of Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller

Review


Frankenstein at The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury


Until July 20, 2012

By Debbie Cheshire

This showing of Frankenstein is part of The National Theatres live broadcasts, based on Mary Shelleys novel, it has been adapted by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle.

The play stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller who have both played Frankenstein and The Creature in turn. The showing on July 19that The Waterside Theatre featured Cumberbatch as The Creature and Miller as Frankenstein.

The story starts with the birth of The Creature and his struggle to adapt to his body and surroundings. Cumberbatchs contorted body writhed around the stage causing one to feel uncomfortable with his distress. As he learns to survive and comes into contact with other people The Creature soon becomes aware of being different, and as an outcast, he dwells on his solitude. Succour is found in elderly blind gentlemen, who oblivious of his hideous looks, befriends and educates him.

The play never strays far from Shelleys original novel with the focus on The Creatures loneliness and need for love leading him to search out his creator to make him a bride with disastrous consequences.

Millers portrayal of Frankenstein was unflawed but the focus for this screen play was on The Creature and Cumberbatchs depiction of loneliness and desperation is brilliant as is his struggle between the good and evil inside him.

While Frankenstein lacks the ability to love, feel compassion or behave morally, this screening makes you question who the monster really is.




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